RE: Sheriff Joe Arpaio: recruit, train foreign detention gua
Sat Dec 31, 2005 00:35

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Subject: Re: [apfn-1] Sheriff Joe Arpaio: recruit, train foreign detention guards
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 22:26:01 -0600
From: Alamantra

In January of last year, I was made aware of Joe Arpaio, and contacted the
ACLU to express several concerns. I never received any reply. I also
contacted "Democracy Now" and several other organizations. Perhaps its time
to recirculate my original concerns:

Yesterday, I was made aware of the activities of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of
Maricopa County Arizona. I am concerned in that this guy is obviously
running an experimental model that cannot be allowed to take root in the
justice system of this country and thereby set the philosophy of
incarceration BACK 200 years. Please excuse the length of this post, but
hopefully it will get to someone who can at least look into this. I would be
very appreciative of being informed of any action. This is what was
initially sent to me:

"Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona) who created the tent city jail has jail
meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them." (He
serves them bologna sandwiches)

"He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city

(He has started his own cottage industry apparently. I found this comment on
the sheriff department's website: "In addition to the new Lower Buckeye
Jail, we are also building a new food processing plant containing an ice
plant, dehydration plant, canning plant, cook-chill plant, meat cutting
plant, frozen storage, donated food processing plant, cold storage and dry
goods storage. This factory will reduce our current cost of under 45 cents
per meal significantly. The food factory will also have a new truck washing
area to sanitize the distribution trucks used to move the food from the
factory to the facilities." )

"Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued for

"He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order
that required cable TV for jails. So he hooked up the cable TV again only
let in the Disney channel and the weather channel.
When asked why the weather channel he replied, so they will know how hot
it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs."

So he has found a way to use cable tv as a form of psychological torture,
and openly boasts about how he uses the weather channel to increase the
sense of despair that these HUMAN BEINGS are already subjected to. One must
remember that even a 'dead-beat dad' is a human being. I use that example,
because in the section on the Sheriff's dept website called "52 Card Pickup"
most of the 'wanted' people are wanted for back child support ...and I think
people should be held accountable for this, but I don't think that the crime
merits being stuck in 135 degree temperatures in a tent city.

"He bought Newt Gingrich' lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the

Incarceration should not entail political conditioning or programming or
being forcibly subjected to the sheriff's own political bias as a condition
of detainment.

"When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he
replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the
inmates were in his jails in the first place."

More on the Arizona Sheriff:

"With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just
set a new record), the Associated Press reports:
About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire surrounded tent encampment at
the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to their
government-issued pink boxer shorts.

On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their
bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the
week before. Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected
on their chests and dripped down to their pink socks.

'It feels like we are in a furnace,' said James Zanzot, an inmate who has
lived in the tents for 1 1/2 years. 'It's inhumane.'
Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago
started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not
one bit sympathetic.
He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: 'It's 120 degrees in Iraq
and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle
gear, but they didn't commit any crimes, so shut your d_________ mouths!'"

There are currently six operating jails in Phoenix Arizona (according to
the Sheriff's website: ) Additionally, they

"The first new major facility is the 4th Avenue Jail, a new mid-rise
high-security jail. It will be located west of the existing Madison Street
Jail. This facility will contain 1,360 cells, including 144 special
management cells for the close custody (Super Max) inmates. The facility
will also house the new Central Intake facility, capable of handling 600
bookings every 12 hours."

"The second new facility planned is the Lower Buckeye Jail. This facility
will have 1,867 cells divided into four separate areas in the building. The
first is a 504-cell juvenile remand facility, a 960-cell adult max sentenced
facility, a 256-cell psychiatric facility and a four dorm adult minimum
facility. In addition to these new facilities, the jail will also house a
new 60-bed Infirmary, medical clinic, CHS Administration and
Programs/Education Administration. The facility will be located on Lower
Buckeye Road, just east of 35th Avenue."

It would seem that if they require this type of processing ...that if
things are this out of control in Phoenix and the surrounding area... that
he can't be a very good sheriff or that there are other more fundamental
social problems that need to be addressed. The sense of oppression that this
man and his ilk are perpetuating upon the citizenry must be stopped. Rather,
I believe that he is using the law to create a form of legalized slavery and
that he is using incarcerated labor to his financial benefit. In any event
his tactics of dehumanization are a blight on the face of, not just Arizona,
but the United States.
As an American citizen I am requesting that he be investigated and that he
be forced to conform to some standard other than one of his own creation.
Finally, there is one other observation that I noted while at their
website. In the unidentified bodies section, it becomes quite apparent that
there is a murder problem going on during this so-called sheriff's watch. I
noticed that there was a significant number of unidentified bodies showing
up at the Gila River Reservation.



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